Day 27: Today, I am thankful for an easy day filled with things I enjoy. Sleeping in, followed by a brisk morning run in City Park, a movie with my husband, and a stop in a local Irish pub for a pint of Guinness. Today was wonderful and fun, and I loved every moment.
Day 23: I am thankful for my awesome brother and equally awesome three sisters. We have fun whenever we are together, and I am so proud of the adults that they are becoming. My brother is getting himself ready for graduate school, one sister is performing in operas and getting ready to graduate from college, another is pursuing her dream of being a photographer, and the baby sis isn’t a baby anymore and is counting down the days until she graduates from high school. I can’t wait to see what the future will bring for these awesome people that I’m lucky enough to call my family.
Day 22: A continuation of the little random things I am thankful for.
…pedicures, window coverings, Chapstick, when one of my cats chooses to barf on the hardwood rather than on the carpet, pandas, photos, airplanes, Sheldon Cooper (he makes me look completely normal), Tootsie Rolls, couches, jeans and casual Fridays, boots, hair straighteners, when the pizza-delivery-person shows up at our house, amazon.com, running shoes, the people who read and follow this blog, the camera on my iPhone, my iPhone, flip-flops and flip-flop weather, when I get to hold and use the remote control, Justin Timberlake, Bradley Cooper, and Channing Tatum, baby pumpkins, IKEA furniture, Pinterest, spell-check (or spellcheck? Whichever one stops me from looking like an arse online), and happy hours with friends.
Day 21: I am thankful for the little items in our lives that make everything easier and/or more pleasant.
For example… toilet paper, Tina Fey (holy moly does she make me laugh), sugar, inside jokes, wine, TV, disinfectant wipes, my computer, regular paper, pencils and pens, hair (eyebrows, in particular), shoes, refrigerators and dishwashers, travel mugs, doors, windows, cars, garages, toothbrushes and toothpaste, showers and soap and deodorant, and the fact that my 6th graders have gym class as their last class of the day.
Day 6: I am thankful for the amazing friendships I have in my life. Brice and I don’t have a huge group of friends, but the ones we have are thoughtful and loyal and have gone to great lengths to support us. Brice’s friends in Texas jumped onto a plane and flew to Denver for our wedding, and many of them offered to do the same when his father passed away. Many of my friends have been in my life since middle school (some even earlier than that!) and while our relationships have ebbed and flowed, we always seem to be able to pick up right were we left off. There are others that have only recently come into our lives, but that we love and have some of our best days and nights with. Thank you to all of you — you know who you are!
Before I left work for break last Friday, my teammate and room-neighbor, John, asked me if it felt like a whole quarter had gone by. Of course, my answer was an emphatic “no,” which made me think about why the first quarter of the school year had gone by so quickly. Was it the fact that the weather really hadn’t changed much between August and October? Was it that I was still frantically planning and grading the way that I started back in September? Or maybe the fact that the years always seem to go by faster and faster? (Honestly, the answer is probably all three.)
I’ve had a lot of fun throughout October. Brice’s father came to visit us from Dallas three weeks ago, which gave he and I the chance to get to know each other better and enjoy each other’s company. The following weekend, my sisters, Mollie and Cara, came over to carve pumpkins with Brice and I, and it was so good to see them and get a dose of their silliness and happiness. Then, last weekend, Brice’s mother, Karen, was in town from Austin, and we took her to the CU Homecoming game before carving even more pumpkins and making a couple of meals together. Certainly, Fall Break has been nice too: I get to operate on my own schedule, exercise more regularly, and do things that haven’t since early August (like watch Law & Order reruns all day or bake delicious treats, like Brice’s birthday cake).
I plan to spend the rest of my break relaxing and taking this much-needed time off to marvel at the fresh snow on the ground from inside my warm house. Hooray for fall break!